Tonya Waggoner – Volunteer Spotlight

Say hello to Tonya Waggoner, one of our dedicated volunteers who helps out at our front desk on Friday mornings. Tonya was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 shortly after moving to the Cleveland area and made a commitment to focus on her health and family. She first heard about InMotion through emails she received from “Shaking with Laughter” and Dr. Karen Jaffe and responded to a request for volunteers in one of the first InMotion newsletters.

Tonya said that she still recalls the first time a caregiver was brought to tears when relaying how happy she was to see her loved one in class. The sense of comradery and welcoming community that InMotion creates for everyone who comes in is what Tonya likes best about the center. Her volunteering has allowed her to look beyond PD and see the person beneath the disease – for herself and others.

“Acceptance of a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not defeat, it arms you for a better fight against the disease!”

We are thanking our volunteers for all that they do by dedicating the 2018 Pals In Motion race in their honor. To make a donation in honor of Tonya or another volunteer, please click here.

We are always looking for dedicated and reliable volunteers to help out at our front desk and to assist in classes. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at InMotion, please visit

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